Make this adorable princess cake for your daughter’s birthday and she’s sure to feel like royalty!
I’m not normally a crafty person. However, when my oldest was turning 4, I took her to Publix to pick out the cake she wanted and of course she insisted on the $60 Disney princess cake. I didn’t want to spend that much on a kid’s birthday cake so I convinced her that mommy could make a cake even better than theirs. She totally fell for it! Isn’t it fun when they’re little and actually believe everything you tell them?
That was great except that back then, I never baked cakes! Sure, I could pour some batter in a pan, bake it and throw some frosting on top but that was the extent of it! Now I actually had to make a castle and it had to be better than the one at Publix! I almost burned out my computer looking at every castle cake that existed online. There were a lot of cakes but some were either way too fancy for someone with my lack of skills and others just weren’t fancy enough. In the end I took a little something from all the different cakes and created one on my own…quite an accomplishment for someone that never baked.
Fast forward a few years and that same little girl is turning 8. What’s more, she wants the same super expensive store-bought castle cake. It took a little more convincing this time but she finally agreed to let me bake another cake for her. Of course since I’m a blogger now, I had to turn it into a blog post (everything is a potential post when you’re a blogger)!
So, even if you’re a non-Martha Stewart mom, all you have to do is follow this easy castle cake tutorial…you’ve totally got this!How To Make The Best Castle Cake Ever (For The Non-Martha Stewart Mom) Click To Tweet
While it’s fairly easy to make, this cake does take a bit of time to put together so I recommend breaking it up over a couple days. You should at least prep the towers the day before you begin the rest of the cake. You could even do it several days before if that works better for your time frame.
To start, you’ll need 9 regular ice cream cones and 5 sugar cones. Frost the regular cones but leave the bottom unfrosted for now. Next frost the sugar cones and sprinkle on whatever décor you’d like to use…we chose pink sprinkles. Store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the cake.
(Remember you need 9 regular cones and 5 sugar cones. Ignore the count in the pictures…I decided to add the extra tower in the middle after I took these)
You’ll want to bake your cakes the day before the party since building a castle takes some time. I baked four in all…two 8″ rounds and two 9×13 rectangular and since I’m a non-Martha Stewart mom, I made them with boxed cake mix. I used white frosting but of course you can use whatever color you want to add your own special touch. I just thought the accents would stand out more against the white, which is why I chose that over pink.
Before you put your cakes together, you’ll want to level them. If you bake regularly, you already know this but since I didn’t know to do that with my first cake, I’m trying to include every detail for those of your that are newbies. I highly recommend an inexpensive cake leveler…much easier to use than a knife and it works perfectly every time. You’ll notice the corners are not perfectly leveled but it doesn’t matter because you’ll be cutting part of them off anyway.
Place one 9×13 cake, leveled side down, on whatever platter you plan to use. I don’t have any platters big enough so I bought cardboard cake boards instead. Frost the top of the cake and place the second 9×13 cake on top of it, leveled side down again. Now you can frost the entire cake. You still don’t have to worry too much about the corners since you’ll be cutting those off to make room for the towers.
After you’ve leveled the round cakes, you’re ready to put them all together. You may want to use a cardboard round (it makes serving much easier) but you can make do without it. If you do have one, place it in the middle of the large cake. Place the first round cake in the center, leveled side down and then frost the top. Place the second round cake on top of it, also leveled side down. Now you are ready to frost. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. You can always go back later and add more icing…adding icing pretty much fixes everything!
Now you’re ready to add the towers. You’ll want to cut off a small part of each corner. Since I don’t believe in wasting food, they made a good little snack! Then you’ll want to cut a little deeper into the bottom cake since the bottom of the tower is wider. Push it as flush against the cake as you can. You may have to experiment a little to get it just right. Don’t worry if it’s not exactly perfect…you can just fill fill any gaps with icing. See what I mean? More icing really does fix everything! Plus, it helps keep the towers attached to the cake.
Next add icing to the flat top of the cone, place another one on top, and smooth out the sides where the icing oozes out. Ice the inside of the top cone and place the sugar cone inside it.
Now cut a hole in the round cake to hold your last tower. It doesn’t matter if you don’t cut it to exact size…this is another instance where you can just fill in the gaps with icing. Don’t forget to ice the inside of the regular cone to hold the sugar cone in place. I cut my hole towards the back of the cake so I’d have room for a Happy Birthday message but you can also put it in the middle…whatever works best for your own design.
Now comes the really fun part…it’s time to decorate your castle! I started by using pink icing to trim the cake. The towers needed some marshmallows and I used yellow fondant to make windows and a door. I bought some premade candy flowers (because I’m nowhere near cool enough to make my own) and had them growing on the green icing vines that I made. Then I added some little pink blossoms because a princess castle can never have too many flowers, right?
I took shredded coconut and mixed it with green food coloring to make it look like grass. Now it was finally time to show the princesses to their new home. They look pretty happy, don’t you think?
The finished product…
If you look closely, you’ll see that it’s far from perfect but when you look at the cake as a whole, I think it turned out pretty awesome. At least that’s what the birthday girl thought!
UPDATE: We went grocery shopping today and saw the original Publix cake. My daughter turned to me and said “Mom, your cake was way better than this one!”. It was one of my proudest mommy moments!
I’ve since created the ultimate Rapunzel cake for my youngest! Which birthday cake do you like best?
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